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Community Update

November 2018

In this Issue

Recent updates to the laws and regulations governing association operations are making an impact. In this issue we aim to provide you with the necessary tools and information to move your association forward into the New Year.

As of July 1, 2018, condominium associations must now maintain records of their meeting minutes forever. Our first article, Keeping Meeting Minutes, addresses the pros and cons associated with this update.

Make sure you’re following proper protocol with Condos, HOAs and Written Inquiries. This article delves into the differing rules regarding written inquiries and responses put forth by the Florida Condominium Act and Florida Homeowners’ Association Act.

Don’t overcomplicate things! Legal Tools at Your Disposal to Make Your Responsibilities as a Board Member Easier explores tactics that condominiums can employ in day to day operations. Topics include unit owner participation at meetings, audio and videotaping meetings, requests for official records, and written inquiries by unit owners.

Is your condominium located on the beach? If the answer is yes, pay close attention to our last article, Beach Access Restricted? We discuss Legislature’s recently passed HB 631, which makes it more difficult for counties to adopt Customary Use Ordinances that allow public beachgoers access to private property.

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See you in our next issue!

Marilyn J. Perez-Martinez, Editor

  • Condos, HOAs, and Written Inquiries

    Many times I see situations where an owner sends a community a certified letter seeking the answer to questions about various issues.  The nature and manner of the responses is dictated by the type of community. The Florida Condominium Act states that when a unit owner of a residential condominium files a written inquiry by …

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  • Legal Tools at Your Disposal to Make Your Responsibilities as a Board Member Easier

    I often find that there is an over-complication that some people believe goes hand-in-hand with their responsibilities in operating a condominium. Most forget that the statute and administrative code provide boards with some basic tools to assist in day to day operations.  This article will review some of these tools.

    Unit owner …

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  • Beach Access Restricted?

    Although summer is gone and fall is nearing its end, the truth is that even in the heart of winter we never truly have to wait long to enjoy the beach in Florida. The problem this year however is who can access the beach.

    During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Legislature passed House …

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Did you know?

The Website deadline Is Just Around the Corner?

For more than a year now, we have written articles, taught classes for managers and board members, and provided one-on-one guidance to associations about the Legislative requirement mandating that associations managing 150 or more condominium units must have a website by January 1, 2019.  Although it seems as if there is still ample time to comply, depending on the route taken by some communities, 4-6 weeks may not be long enough.  Understanding this, Becker has partnered with Shyft Digital to provide a website development service, MyCommunitySite.com, which allows associations to design and manage their own statutorily compliant websites. There are no upfront development fees or hidden costs and set up and enrollment is easy with same day delivery and automatic technology upgrades. With MyCommunitySite, compliance has never been easier.

To sign up and learn more, visit MyCommunitySite.com.